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Elaine Paton is attending Rhian Lewis's event

Access Forum: Jo Verrent at Japan Room, Wales Millennium Centre

February 2, 2017 from 6pm to 8pm
Access Forum: Jo Verrent Thursday 2 February, 6-8pm Japan Room, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff For our next forum, we're welcoming a guest speaker, Jo Verrent, to talk to us about creating work, producing work, making work accessible, reaching new audiences... the list is potentially endless! There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion with Jo. The venue is fully accessible, and Sheryll Holley will be our Palantypist, providing remote live captioning throughout.If you have…See More
Jan 16
Elaine Paton left a comment for James Ellis
"Hi James,  I have been trying to contact you via Sprout.   You reviewed my production of Moment(o)s of Leaving at Whitchurch Hospital last March and I wondered if you could please get in touch.  elainepaton16@gmail.com"
Jan 11
Elaine Paton commented on Catriona James's blog post Worse Things Happen
"Great news! x"
Feb 18, 2016
Elaine Paton commented on Shane Anderson's group 'City Road' - A Pub Soap Opera
"Hi Shane,  I couldn't get to the last Workout session as I was away working.   Please do keep me in the loop for any further developments for City Road.  The spirit of Eileen is still burning!   Best wishes, Elaine"
Dec 16, 2015
Elaine Paton left a comment for Mathilde Lopez
"Hi Ray,  I would definitely like to hold workshops with Everyman.   Please message me so we can discuss or email elainepaton16@gmail.com  Cheers Elaine Paton"
Dec 16, 2015
Elaine Paton joined Rachel Kinchin's group


otherMother are Kelly Jones (Writer), Anna Poole (Director) and Olivia Harris (Producer). otherMother creates original, urgent and honest theatre. We put raw voices on stage and root them in the here and the now. Our work poses questions about the world we live in but doesn’t answer them, leaving them open to discussion and debate. We work with an exciting and diverse mix of artists, theatre-makers and groups to create something truly collaborative.See More
Aug 16, 2015
Elaine Paton commented on Laura Fay Thomas's blog post Stories of the Streets video 10/07/15
"I loved being part of this.  Great fun, great script, great atmosphere.  Looking forward to the next one.  "
Jul 22, 2015
Elaine Paton commented on National Theatre Wales's group Creatives
"Hi Kristoffer,  Please could you put up when the dates for this residency is.  Thanks.  I just tried to email you but it was returned.   Elaine"
Jul 7, 2015
Elaine Paton is attending 1800hrs's event

From The Sea To The City at Cardiff MADE

June 12, 2015 at 6pm to June 14, 2015 at 8pm
This summer they are coming to the city!Last July a group of established and emerging artists arrived in Dale, on the Pembrokeshire coast, meeting for the first time under the auspices of National Theatre Wales’ ‘Summercamp’. They spent two weeks creating new work inspired by each other and the sites and landscapes they found themselves in. This group later formed a collective called 1800hrs (the notional amount of sunlight hours that Dale enjoys each year).1800hrs present a weekend event of…See More
May 25, 2015
Elaine Paton is attending Amy Griggs's event

Taking Flight School Disco at The Gate Arts Centre

May 20, 2015 from 7pm to 10:30pm
We're going Old School and retro for our next Taking Flight Fundraiser. More details to follow, but make sure you keep the date free! Entrance fee: £7.50 All proceeds will be going towards this years summer tour of 'The Winter's Tale'. 7pm - 10.30pm 20/05/2015See More
Apr 23, 2015
Elaine Paton posted a blog post

You won't regret Watching Over this!

Someone to Watch Over Me, Frank McGuinnessOpens Tonight Thursday, Friday and Saturday 16th, 17th and 18th April at 8pm Level 1, St Davids Hall Tickets only £5 when you quote NTWSOMEONE (Special offer for Members of the NTW community!) https://www.facebook.com/events/704599732968753/…We are bombarded by horrific headlines of innocent people being taken hostage by Jhadist supporters in the Middle East and closer to home the plight of…See More
Apr 16, 2015
Elaine Paton joined Brent Morgan's group

Scratch that Itch

I would like to talk about going back to Scratch. We have decided to launch a Scratch theatre event offering an opportunity to theatre companies, performers and writers to show pieces of work in the very early stages of development.Supported by NTW TEAMSee More
Apr 13, 2015
Elaine Paton is attending Rhian Lewis's event

Mother Courage and Her Children at Merthyr Tydfil Labour Club, Merthyr Tydfil

May 7, 2015 at 7:30pm to May 22, 2015 at 7:30pm
MOTHER COURAGE AND HER CHILDRENby Bertolt Brechtin a translation by John Willettrevised by Ed ThomasDirector: John E McGrathComposer & Musical Director: Dafydd JamesNational Theatre Wales returns to its birthplace in the south Wales valleys for the first production in its fifth season - a bold, anarchic  new version of Bertolt Brecht’s 1939 anti-war play performed in and around the Merthyr Labour Club. Hinterland creator Ed Thomas returns to the stage to adapt, NTW artistic director John…See More
Apr 1, 2015
Elaine Paton is attending Ben Tinniswood's event

TEAM Choir - "The Cardiff Sound Collective" at The Arches (Next to No Fit State Circus)

April 15, 2015 at 7pm to May 20, 2015 at 9pm
Introducing “The Cardiff Sound Collective”, the first of what hopefully become a network of TEAM Choirs across Wales .So, what’s happening?“The Cardiff Sound Collective” will meet on Wednesday evenings (7-9pm) for 6 weeks commencing 15th April at the Jukebox Collective Studios, John St, Cardiff, CF10 5PE (Next to No Fit State Circus).The Sound Collective is open to all TEAM members, whatever your level of Musical ability. You most certainly don’t need to be an accomplished Singer to join us.…See More
Mar 30, 2015
Elaine Paton is attending Rhian Lewis's event

Transition at Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff

April 10, 2015 at 3pm to April 11, 2015 at 7:30pm
 National Theatre Wales in association with Theatr Iolo and Run Ragged presentsTransitionThe process or a period of changing from one state or condition to anotherJem is 50 next year. Ella is 11. They are father and daughter.Ella is ballet mad and has just started going on pointe. Jem is a professional, contemporary dancer and doesn’t approve. They have always danced together on the kitchen rug.In Transition, they explore their shifting relationship through dance, conversation and…See More
Mar 25, 2015
Elaine Paton commented on Sarah Jane Leigh's blog post August 012 - Free Rehearsed Reading - W.I.S.E
"I'd love to come to this but have just tried the link and it doesn't seem to be working?  Please tell me how else I can book.  thanks Elaine"
Mar 19, 2015

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What I do:
Conceptual Theatre Director, Performer, Writer, Trainer/Teacher
A little more about me:
Elaine is a Welsh director, writer, performer and teacher, who honed her craft in Europe, as a pioneer of physical, site specific theatre that explored self-devised work. After working with groups such as Reflex Action, Chapter, Cardiff, Common Stock, London and K.I.S.S. International, Holland, Elaine was invited to
Sydney to perform in the Women in Theatre Project and went on to teach at CAREER PROFILE The National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA). Elaine continued to develop her unique training methodology, pulling together her experience as an ‘experimental’ performer with the method based training of The Drama Centre. After a successful career in performing, directing and teaching Elaine followed her passion for writing, graduating in 1998 with a BA in Communications from UTS, majoring in Writing, and Film. With a cross pollination of skills, Elaine’s collaborative approach to being a conceptual artist is nurturing creative partnerships throughout Wales, her particular interest being Mental Health and the Arts “In 2014, it was time to come home to Wales after experiencing an intense sense of Hiraeth. It’s
great to be back working in my hometown of Cardiff,” Elaine

DIRECTING credits include:
The Greeks, John Barton Road, Jim Cartwright Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf?
Streetcar Named Desire Mary Barnes, David Edgar Just Between Ourselves, Hannie Raison

Full time staff member with:
National Institute of Dramatic Art, (NIDA) The Drama Studio, Sydney, The Actor’s Centre, Sydney, Australian Theatre for Young People, Arts Educational Trust, London, Holland, McDonald College of Performing Arts The Northern Rivers Writer’s Centre
Common Stock Community Theatre,London Reflex Action, Chapter Cardiff Theatre Clwyd, Mold
Nell Gwyne Repertory Hereford Oxford Playhouse Paupers Carnival, London Red Light Company, London KISS International, Holland
Won Australian Writer’s Guild /New South Wales Film and Television Office Mentorship Scheme 2002 ATOM Award as ABC Script Editor on Vanessa Gorman’s documentary “Losing Layla’ Varuna Writer’s Centre Fellowship - for her screen play ‘Grannie Grills’ based on the epidemic of thallium poisonings in the 1950’s SBS Short Animation Award for “Air”, scriptwriter
Projects I’m working on:
Moment(o)s of Leaving, March 2016 Artistic Director/Performer of this site specific, immersive, promenade, multi-media performance at Whitchurch Mental Hospital, Creative Producer
Sian Thomas. Funded by The National Lottery through Arts Council Wales, Cardiff and Vale Health Charity, Make It Better Fund. Creative Partner: Hearth Gallery. Moment(o)s of Leaving, June/ July 2015 Research & Development with Julia Thomas, at Whitchurch Mental Hospital, funded by Arts Council Wales. ‘In kind’ support from Cardiff & Vale University Health Board
Moment(o)s R&D August 2016, g39. Hijinx Theatre Company, teaching at Academy 1 and 2. Assisting on Hijinx Odyssey’s ‘The Silent
Tin Soldier.’ University of South Wales, Teaching on the Performing Arts degrees course.
Good News from the Future,’ Mike Pearson, performing at Gwanwyn, National Dance Wales Wales Millennium Centre and at Cardiff Dance Festival, Chapter Arts Centre.

‘Good News from the Future,’ Mike Pearson’s newly formed group of mature physical theatre performers. Working at Chapter Arts Centre, we are-visiting the physical methodology and language that emerged out of Mike’s work with Cardiff Lab and Brith Gof, towards performing later in 2015.
Culture Colony Quarterly: Writing Theatre reviews and Feature Articles: http://issuu.com/ccqmag/docs/ccq6 Page 24 http://ccqmagazine.com/roof-richard-iii/ http://ccqmagazine.com/plugged-sibrwd/ http://ccqmagazine.com/good-clean-heart/
National Theatre Wales:
The Red Woman Project, director Gerald TylerThe Green Man Festival ‘A Whole Way of Life’ A new play written and directed by Alex Murdoch, rehearsed reading.
Mess Up The Mess Theatre Company: Holding Presentation/Acting workshops for their Community Action Projects as part of the Dream On programme. Working with different groups of disadvantaged or marginalised young people, exploring issues around Mental Health, Young Carers and Trans young peop
Shakespeare Schools Festival, Workshop Facilitator and Venue Director, touring theatres in South and West Wales, working with primary, Secondary and Special Needs schools.
Hijinx Theatre Company: Supporting Gaynor Lougher at Academy Workshops and the Christmas Special at WMC. Tutoring at the new, second Hijinx Academy later in 2015.
City Road’ performing in this self-devised, site specific, immersive live Pub Soap Opera during ‘Made In Roath Festival’, director Shane Anderson.
‘Betrayal’ by Harold Pinter, workshopped readings with Playgroupers, (supported by NTW) including performing via Skype from my bed and breakfast in Haverfordwest on the final night.
NTW Workout and Skill Swap: Supporting Lisa Turner Wells and Peter Scott at workout days, assisting with project developments and improvisations.
Scratch That Itch: Performing in readings of new plays.

Elaine Paton's Blog

You won't regret Watching Over this!

Someone to Watch Over Me, Frank McGuinness

Opens Tonight Thursday, Friday and Saturday 16th, 17th and 18th April at 8pm Level 1, St Davids Hall Tickets only £5 when you quote NTWSOMEONE (Special offer for Members of the NTW community!) https://www.facebook.com/events/704599732968753/

We are bombarded by horrific headlines of innocent people being taken hostage by Jhadist supporters in the Middle East…


Posted on April 16, 2015 at 11:57

TEAM Workout Saturday 17th January 2015

Hi Everyone, Really looking forward to this Saturday's TEAM Workout in Newport. For anyone who hasn't yet come along to these days, I thought I would share my experience.   Arriving back to live in Cardiff last year, after a very long time living in Australia, one of the first NTW events I attended was a workout day in the WMC.   I am a writer/director/performer.   I am also an elder of the theatrical tribe!  I might be experienced but I knew absolutely no one in the Welsh theatre community.…


Posted on January 13, 2015 at 16:15 — 2 Comments

Pub Soap Opera born out of NTW Workout! Come to The Roath Tavern tonight and tomorrow night at 6pm

Shane Anderson ignited our curiosity of performing a live, improvised Pub Soap Opera, at the recent NTW Workout days.  It was suggested that Shane and his merry band try this idea out during the Made In Roath Festival.  And so, City Road was born!   Watch the continuing saga of the crazy O'Driscoll family in Episode 4 tonight.   


Each episode of ’City Road’ is totally unscripted and built upon rehearsed improvisations. Each character is the creation of the actor…


Posted on October 21, 2014 at 12:54 — 1 Comment

The Gathering 12 - 14 September Snowdonia

Is anyone driving  from Cardiff to Snowdonia for The Gathering who I could car share with?   I am looking at places to stay in Bedgellert, which seems to be the nearest village.  It looks as if this will be an amazing experience.  Please contact Elaine on 0798 529 6956 or elainepaton16@gmail.com.  Let's hit the road!!

Posted on September 1, 2014 at 15:16 — 3 Comments

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At 15:18 on February 4, 2015, Luke Bevan said…

Hi Elaine 

What a fascinating bio! My name is Luke Bevan and I'm a theatre director working in Cardiff and Bridgend. I saw you at the Scratch that Itch night in Bridgend last week. I wonder if you would be interested in meeting up for a chat - I would love the chance to pick your brains? Drop me an email if this is good for you; luke-bevan@hotmail.co.uk. 

At 10:12 on January 17, 2015, Louisa Marie Lorey said…
Hi Elaine! Great to hear from you ... There was lots of running indeed! Haha hope your well :) xx
At 11:53 on January 15, 2015, Michaela Nutt said…

HI Elaine! Lovely to meet you the other day too! Yes let's get together and mourn Australian Summer soon xx

At 10:48 on October 6, 2014, Catherine Paskell said…

Hi Elaine, I'm really sorry but we have had to withdraw the offer of surgeries with John McGrath during Dirty, Gifted & Welsh. Would you be interested in meeting Lisa Maguire instead? She is a brilliantly inspiring woman, who was also Producer with Frantic Assembly before joining NTW. I'm sure she could answer any questions you may have had for John? Let me know and sorry again. Catherine x

At 16:40 on April 8, 2014, Shane Anderson said…

Bloody hell Elaine.... Is that you? Has to be. Drama Centre Group 15?  Never knew you were from Cardiff. Never thought I'd end up anywhere close to Cardiff. No room to rent alas or pet/house to sit just wanted to say hello and wish you the best.

Shane (grp 16) 


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